The Round of 16 of World Cup 2018 kicks off on Saturday with France and Argentina meeting in Kazan. The French cruised through their group without ever hitting top gear, while the Argentines were four-and-a-bit minutes away from exiting the competition. Who will book their place in the quarter finals? Let’s take a look in our France vs Argentina betting tips.
The attacking talent that these two squads needs no introduction, and yet both struggle to find a formula that works for them.
In six combined matches so far, France and Argentina have contributed just four goals to the competition from open play.
It’s a derisory effort that underpins the problems both teams are having. The French, despite reaching the final of Euro 2016, have not been a force at elite-level since the days of Zidane and Henry, while Argentina’s off-field woes and rumoured rebellions of Jorge Sampaoli’s rule surely aren’t helping their efforts on the field.
It’s a game then where we can make a case for all three results, so where does the smart betting value lie? Let’s take a look in our France vs Argentina betting tips.
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France vs Argentina Betting Tips
How on earth do we go about separating these two teams!?
France have simply flattered to deceive so far in this tournament, and but for all their quality they haven’t landed upon a system or shape that really gets the best out of the players. In truth, they have never really shone under Didier Deschamps.
Argentina switched back to a four-man defence against Nigeria and it worked for them; they delivered their best performance of the tournament to date despite struggling to see off the Super Eagles.
But there was an obvious fall-out as a consequence of Sampaoli’s alleged mis-management, and Sergio Aguero took the fall as chief ringleader and was replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.
The South Americans were just four minutes away from exiting the World Cup stage left, but then Marcos Rojo scored a fantastic volley and they just about crept through.
France, in contrast, were able to rest players against Denmark: messrs Lloris, Umtiti, Pogba, Mbappe, Tolisso and Matuidi were all given the afternoon. They should be well rested and ready to rock on Saturday.
It’s a tough one to call this, but you have to just about favour France given what we have seen so far. But only just: take the France Draw No Bet at 8/13 with William Hill.
France vs Argentina Betting Tips: Side Markets
This is likely to be one of those nerve-jangling, trouser-shredding nervous affairs that govern the knockout phases of the World Cup.
It’s a game which could finish 0-0 or 1-0 to either side, but one thing we would confirm is that we don’t expect a tidal wave of goals to rush in. That’s a fact reflected by the odds on Under 2.5 Goals, which are just 8/15.
Instead we’ll take a chance on Both Teams to Score: No at 20/31 with NetBet.